The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipient for the upcoming school year is Maria Rubio from Harrison, Arkansas. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
I would like to thank my wife, Maribeth for typing this while I was driving our 'new to us' motor home back to Texas from Missouri.
With the sanctioned cook offs in Breckenridge and Abilene there have been a total of 7 sanctioned cook offs with 21 wagon teams qualifying for the 1st ACWA Championship Cook Off on March 30th - April 2nd, 2017. Congratulations to the qualifying teams! In the next six-eight weeks each qualifying team will receive a packet of information on Fredericksburg and the event from ACWA and the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau so be checking your mailbox! On Saturday, May 21st a planning meeting for the ACWA Championship Cook Off was held in Dallas and attended by me, Director Mike Colbert, Director Brian Frankum and wife, Susan, Steve Woods, Eddie Sandoval, Eric Williams, Ricky Hicks and Richard Holmes. A schedule of events will start on Thursday, March 30th with wagon teams arriving and set up; Friday, March 31st will be the wagon judging; Saturday April 1st each team will be asked to prepare 41 meals - 1 for food judging; 10 meals for the wagon's sponsors and 30 tickets to be sold to the general public. The menu at the event will be chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes (Cook's choice), bread and dessert (possibly made with peaches grown in Fredericksburg). The events conclude on Sunday, April 2nd with Cowboy Church service before everyone heads home.
In meeting with the ACWA mission statement, we have invited area 4th graders studying Texas History to attend a demonstration of the chuck wagon and chuck wagon cooking so we are looking for at least four wagons that would be willing to arrive on Wednesday and be set up for this demonstration.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring a wagon at the ACWA Championship Cook Off the cost is $1500.00 which includes: 10 meals, sign in front of the wagon and name listed as a sponsor in all the advertisements. Several sponsorships have been spoken for but there is still time so if interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday night, May 26th and Friday, May 27th we swam/drove to Lebanon, Missouri for Saturday's 6th Annual Wagons for Warriors 2016 celebration! After arriving on Friday I had time to visit with approximately 30 wagon teams from 10 different states. Seeing many old friends and making some new ones. On Saturday the wagons cooked 1500 pounds of meat along with other various 'fixins' for a crowd estimated to be a little over 3500. The crowd included approximately 12 'special guests' veterans ranging from World War II, Korea and Vietnam that live at the Missouri Veterans Home. The weekend was topped by a Sunday Cowboy Church held by David Roberts and J. D. Baker. Wagons for Warriors is not an ACWA event but rather a chuck wagon event held with many teams (ACWA and non-members) coming together to support our veterans! Before leaving I asked Steve if his goal for next year would be 50 wagons and let us just say, you have heard the expression 'Kodak Moment' well that described Steve's facial expression! Hats off to Steve Hull and Mitch Morgan for once again organizing a very successful 6th Wagons for Warriors 2016 event!
Another event that is just around the corner is the Annual Chuck Wagon Rendezvous, June 10-12, 2016. This will be held at Lost Creek Farms - LIZZIE II, 45355 East 112th Ave, Bennett, Colorado. Rex and Sheryl have a few 30amp RV hookups available. They ask you to give them a call (303-644-3081) if you are coming! Looking forward to seeing ya'll there!
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert H. Schuller
Until next time, happy trails!
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operationwere adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
In 2016, the original mission statement was revised and Sanctioning was approved. The revised mission statement reads as follows:
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors.
Sanctioning information and forms can be found here.
Check out the Chuck Wagon Food Safety brochure here.